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Toolbox

The EUCPN publishes a toolbox series, with new titles appearing biannually. A toolbox focuses on the main theme of the Presidency and aims to support practitioners. It is a prevention-oriented manual in which we look at the difficulties and attempts to prevent the crime.

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Multi-component interventions are recommended, as the different actors offer a broad perspective to help tackle problems and produce a wide range of interventions.

Four papers make up the EUCPN toolbox on party drugs and crime:

Understanding the phenomenon
The term ‘party drugs’ does not refer to a specific pharmacological composition, but refers instead to drugs used with the intention of creating or enhancing recreational experiences, whether these be legal or illegal substances. The focus of this paper lies on understanding the relationship between party drugs and crime, and more specifically the risks associated with going out.

Effective approaches
The goal of this paper is to provide insights into the approaches taken to risks at recreational settings and the evidence that is available for them. We can conclude that multi-component interventions are recommended, as the different actors offer a broad perspective to help tackle problems and produce a wide range of interventions.

Darknet drug markets - The process
The main goal of this paper is to clarify the topic of (darknet) drug markets and party drugs by revisiting drug market stereotypes, by viewing illegal drug markets from an economic perspective and by zooming in on the important aspect of darknet drug markets and their criminal business process.

Darknet drug markets - Recommendations
This paper formulates concrete recommendations for action by means of a barrier model that can be applied to the trade of party drugs through darknet drug markets.

Toolbox on party drugs and crime

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Mythbuster

These short papers focus on a common misconception in the crime prevention field.

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Mythbuster


Organised crime is a bit of a confusing concept. Depending on whom you ask, it means different things. This is reflected in European criminal policy, where definitions were not always clear and priorities have shifted. What is clear is that organised crime has become quasi-synonymous with serious international crime. This may give rise to the idea that organised crime is something that should be dealt with by high-level strategic players. However, organised crime is also embedded locally and has a local impact. Local preventionists and police officers, too, have important roles to play in the prevention of, and fight against, organised crime.

Read the mythbuster - The fight against serious and organised crime: international cooperation or local approaches?

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Monitor

Our monitors present an overview of the current state of affairs and the most important European data on the phenomenon as well as recent trends. It also introduces strategies for the prevention of the phenomenon.

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domestic burglary


This paper aims to support European, national and local stakeholders by providing an overview of the initiatives which may, or may not, be successful in preventing domestic burglaries. All initiatives have been grouped in three categories: namely those for which strong evidence, moderate evidence or limited evidence is available. When labelling an initiative as having ‘strong evidence’, it means that several studies have consistently shown a reduction in the number of domestic burglaries, such as the one that was found to occur following target hardening by employing a combination of window locks, internal lights, door locks and external lights. Initiatives with the ‘moderate evidence’ label are those for which a limited number of studies have shown a promising impact in terms of crime reduction, such as property marking. However, more research is needed for this to be labelled ‘strong evidence’. Others, such as intruder alarm systems, have shown contradictory results or have not been evaluated properly yet but contain some characteristics that seem promising and deserve more attention. Finally, we would like to emphasise that lessons learned during implementation and the specific context should always be taken into account when policy makers and practitioners develop their own domestic burglary prevention strategies.

Read the monitor What works to prevent domestic burglaries?

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Thematic paper / policy paper

These papers are published by the EUCPN in connection with the theme of the Presidency and aim at policymakers. They are written as an overview to help understand the definition of the theme and also pay attention to the current European law and legislative actions.

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Policy paper

This policy paper was written in tandem with the toolbox ‘Preventing the victimisation of minors in the digital age - awareness-raising and behavioural change’ and focusses on the main theme of the Romanian Presidency; child victimisation online and offline.

10 years earlier, the EUCPN had already focused on this topic once, during the Swedish presidency. At that time, Council Conclusions were adopted containing recommendations. In this policy paper, the EUCPN looks back at these recommendations to identify recommendations which are still valid and others who need an update. First, this paper discuss’ the prevention of victimisation of minors in general, after which the paper zooms in on the prevention efforts in the school environment and in cyberspace.

Read the policy paper on the prevention of child victimisation - online and offline

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